Cape May – Lewes Ferry Updates COVID – 19 Travel Impacts
Bicyclists Permitted aboard Vessels; Summer Operating Schedule Posted
CAPE MAY, N.J. Today, Cape May – Lewes Ferry officials announced some travel modifications to its restrictions related the COVID – 19 pandemic announced earlier this spring. Effective immediately, bicyclists are now permitted to board the vessel. Guests should enter the terminal via the tollbooth, where they will be checked in and directed to parking areas. Bicyclists – like vehicle passengers – are free to roam the outer decks and enjoy the sunshine, but some special rules must be followed. Passengers must wear a face mask and stay socially distanced from anyone not in their traveling party. Passengers are urged to pay attention to the directional signage on board the vessel to help control the flow of traffic.
Should inclement weather occur, bicyclists may take shelter under overhangs aboard the vessel, while vehicle passengers may be asked to return to their vehicles. Bicycle guests must check-in 30 minutes prior to departure time to allow sufficient time to offload the bicycles. Departures will not be held for late arrivals.
The Ferry operating schedule has been modified to include four (4) daily departures from both Cape May, NJ and Lewes, DE. Additionally, our summer schedule has been updated through Labor Day weekend, with additional crossings available Friday - Sunday and holidays beginning July 3. The following is the four round trip base schedule that will remain in effect until further notice:
Departing Cape May, NJ Departing Lewes, DE
7:00 a.m. 8:45 a.m.
10:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m.
2:30 p.m. 4:15 p.m.
6:00 p.m. 7:45 p.m.
The following safety precautions remain in place:
All foot passenger travel remains suspended until further notice.
Reservations are required, and no cash will be accepted.
Masks are required anytime passengers step out of the vehicle and for bicyclists.
Beginning Sunday, June 7, the Ferry began offering limited food and beverage options via a food cart in Cape May. The offerings include breakfast sandwiches, hot pretzels, hot dogs, a variety of snacks, and non-alcoholic beverage selections. At this time, food service outlets are closed inside the ferry terminals and on-board the vessel. Restrooms are open in the terminal prior to departures and on the vessels during the crossing.
On-the-Rocks at the Cape May Terminal is expected to open on July 1, 2020 while Grain On-The-Rocks at the Lewes Terminal is set to open June 11. Social distancing measures and the wearing of masks will be required at all times when not seated at your dining table.
Travelers who plan to use the Cape May - Lewes Ferry in the near future are urged to call the Cape May – Lewes Ferry Guest Services Center in advance at 800 64 FERRY (800.643.3779), visit us online at www.cmlf.com or like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CMLFerry for the latest departure information.
About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than 45 million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2019, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers. For schedule, rates and other program information, please visit the ferry’s website at www.CMLF.com, or call toll free, 800-643-3779. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CMLF